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  • 1
    Keywords: ENVIRONMENT ; SPECTRA ; CELLS ; EXPRESSION ; GROWTH ; CELL ; Germany ; PATHWAY ; PATHWAYS ; INFORMATION ; SYSTEM ; SYSTEMS ; GENE ; GENE-EXPRESSION ; GENOME ; microarray ; SACCHAROMYCES-CEREVISIAE ; METABOLISM ; DOWN-REGULATION ; treatment ; culture ; PATTERNS ; gene expression ; MICROARRAY DATA ; ESCHERICHIA-COLI ; UP-REGULATION ; OXYGEN ; CLUSTERS ; TRANSCRIPTIONAL REGULATION ; CLUSTER ; RE ; PRODUCTS ; HYDROGEN-PEROXIDE ; EXCRETION ; LEVEL ; methods ; PROFILES ; EXPRESSION PROFILES ; technique ; uptake ; E ; SPECTRUM ; microbiology ; image processing ; TOPOLOGY ; METABOLIC PATHWAYS ; SALMONELLA-TYPHIMURIUM ; ADAPTIVE RESPONSE ; ANAEROBIC RESPIRATION ; DEOXYRIBONUCLEOTIDE SYNTHESIS ; FUMARATE REDUCTASE ; MULTIORGANISM DATABASE
    Abstract: Background: Biochemical investigations over the last decades have elucidated an increasingly complete image of the cellular metabolism. To derive a systems view for the regulation of the metabolism when cells adapt to environmental changes, whole genome gene expression profiles can be analysed. Moreover, utilising a network topology based on gene relationships may facilitate interpreting this vast amount of information, and extracting significant patterns within the networks. Results: Interpreting expression levels as pixels with grey value intensities and network topology as relationships between pixels, allows for an image-like representation of cellular metabolism. While the topology of a regular image is a lattice grid, biological networks demonstrate scale-free architecture and thus advanced image processing methods such as wavelet transforms cannot directly be applied. In the study reported here, one-dimensional enzyme-enzyme pairs were tracked to reveal sub-graphs of a biological interaction network which showed significant adaptations to a changing environment. As a case study, the response of the hetero-fermentative bacterium E. coli to oxygen deprivation was investigated. With our novel method, we detected, as expected, an up-regulation in the pathways of hexose nutrients up-take and metabolism and formate fermentation. Furthermore, our approach revealed a down-regulation in iron processing as well as the up-regulation of the histidine biosynthesis pathway. The latter may reflect an adaptive response of E. coli against an increasingly acidic environment due to the excretion of acidic products during anaerobic growth in a batch culture. Conclusion: Based on microarray expression profiling data of prokaryotic cells exposed to fundamental treatment changes, our novel technique proved to extract system changes for a rather broad spectrum of the biochemical network
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 17488495
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  • 2
    Keywords: RECEPTOR ; APOPTOSIS ; CELLS ; EXPRESSION ; SURVIVAL ; tumor ; TUMOR-CELLS ; CELL ; human ; KINASE ; PATHWAY ; PATHWAYS ; TYROSINE KINASE ; COHORT ; DEATH ; LONG-TERM ; GENE ; DIFFERENTIATION ; TUMORS ; NEUROBLASTOMA-CELLS ; PATIENT ; ACTIVATION ; MECHANISM ; DOMAIN ; BINDING ; CELL-DEATH ; REGION ; LONG-TERM SURVIVAL ; specificity ; DOMAINS ; neuroblastoma ; signaling ; NEURONS ; medulloblastoma ; interaction ; LEVEL ; cell death ; TECHNOLOGY ; USA ; pediatric ; MEDIATOR ; TYROSINE ; 2-HIT MECHANISM ; CEREBRAL CAVERNOUS MALFORMATIONS ; P75 NEUROTROPHIN RECEPTOR
    Abstract: The TrkA receptor tyrosine kinase is crucial for differentiation and survival of nerve-growth-factor-dependent neurons. Paradoxically, TrkA also induces cell death in pediatric tumor cells of neural origin, via an unknown mechanism. Here, we show that CCM2, a gene product associated with cerebral cavernous malformations, interacts with the juxtamembrane region of TrkA via its phosphotyrosine binding (PTB) domain and mediates TrkA-induced death in diverse cell types. Both the PTB and Karet domains of CCM2 are required for TrkA-dependent cell death, such that the PTB domain determines the specificity of the interaction, and the Karet domain links to death pathways. Downregulation of CCM2 in medulloblastoma or neuroblastoma cells attenuates TrkA-dependent death. Combined high expression levels of CCM2 and TrkA are correlated with long-term survival in a large cohort of human neuroblastoma patients. Thus, CCM2 is a key mediator of TrkA-dependent cell death in pediatric neuroblastic tumors
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 19755102
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  • 3
    Keywords: CANCER ; EXPRESSION ; IN-VITRO ; SURVIVAL ; tumor ; CELL ; Germany ; IN-VIVO ; VITRO ; VIVO ; GENE ; transcription ; cell line ; TISSUE ; TUMORS ; LINES ; PATIENT ; ACTIVATION ; TRANSCRIPTION FACTOR ; MARKER ; REDUCTION ; TISSUES ; CELL-LINES ; NO ; AMPLIFICATION ; COPY NUMBER ; ASSAY ; NUMBER ; RATES ; CELL-LINE ; chemotherapy ; LINE ; MELANOMA ; METASTATIC MELANOMA ; PCR ; ONCOGENE ; MALIGNANT-MELANOMA ; MELANOMA PATIENTS ; real-time PCR ; cell lines ; ONCOLOGY ; RE ; PATIENT SURVIVAL ; chemosensitivity ; LINEAGE ; REAL-TIME ; TUMOR TISSUE ; biomarker ; analysis ; methods ; USA ; correlation ; cancer research ; in vivo ; LINEAGE SURVIVAL ; MITF ; quantitative ; MELANOMAS ; LUMINESCENCE ; chemotherapeutics ; MASTER REGULATOR
    Abstract: Purpose: The microphthalmia-associated transcription factor (MITF) is regarded as a key oncogene of the melanocytic lineage since it was detected by a genome-wide analysis to be strongly amplified in 15% to 20% of metastatic melanomas. MITF gene amplification was shown to be associated with a reduced survival in metastatic melanoma patients, and reduction of MITF activity was shown to sensitize melanoma cell lines to chemotherapeutics, suggesting the intratumoral MITF gene copy number as a predictive biomarker of response and survival after chemotherapy. Patients and Methods: To validate this hypothesis, we investigated MITF gene amplification in tumor tissues obtained from 116 metastatic melanoma patients before an individualized sensitivity-directed chemotherapy using quantitative real-time PCR. MITF amplification rates were correlated with tumor chemosensitivity quantified by an ATP-based luminescence assay and with chemotherapy outcome in terms of response and survival. Results: Of 116 tumor tissues, 104 were evaluable for MITF gene amplification. Strong amplification (〉= 4 copies per cell) was detected in 24 of 104 tissues (23%), whereas 62 of 104 tissues (60%) harbored 〉3 copies per cell. Strong MITF gene amplification was associated with a reduced disease-specific survival (P = 0.031). However, no correlation was found between MITF copy number and in vitro chemosensitivity or in vivo chemotherapy response. Conclusion: Our findings suggest that strong amplifications of the melanoma oncogene MITF affects patient survival but does not influence tumor chemosensitivity and chemotherapy response. Thus, the MITF gene copy number seems a useful prognostic marker in metastatic melanoma but could not be confirmed as a predictive marker of chemosensitivity and chemotherapy response
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 17975146
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  • 4
    Keywords: CANCER ; CANCER CELLS ; CELLS ; EXPRESSION ; GROWTH ; INVASION ; tumor ; TUMOR-CELLS ; CELL ; Germany ; human ; SITE ; SITES ; GENE ; GENES ; transcription ; COMPONENTS ; MOLECULES ; TISSUE ; MECHANISM ; FAMILY ; TRANSCRIPTION FACTOR ; IMPACT ; CARCINOGENESIS ; INDUCTION ; mechanisms ; BINDING ; SIGNAL ; MOLECULE ; ALPHA ; cytokines ; TARGET ; DELETION ; CHROMATIN ; PROMOTER ; MEMBRANE ; PROMOTERS ; MUTATION ; inactivation ; DERIVATIVES ; REGION ; CANCER-CELLS ; REGIONS ; MUTATIONS ; BETA ; SUPERFAMILY ; GROWTH-FACTOR-BETA ; TRANSCRIPTIONAL REGULATION ; GAMMA-2 CHAIN ; CYTOKINE ; molecular ; ONCOLOGY ; FAMILIES ; TUMOR SUPPRESSION ; TUMOR-SUPPRESSOR ; basement membrane ; TRANSFECTION ; TGF-BETA ; interaction ; MOLECULAR-MECHANISMS ; methods ; SUPPRESSOR ; TGF beta ; SIGNALS ; COLON-CARCINOMA CELLS ; BARRIER ; ENGLAND ; UPSTREAM ; response ; synthesis ; Smad4 ; SUPPRESSOR E-CADHERIN ; chromatin immunoprecipitation ; tumor suppressor ; FUNCTIONAL INACTIVATION ; BINDING SITE ; ACTIVATOR PROTEIN-1 ; AP-1 COMPLEX
    Abstract: Background: Functional inactivation of the tumor suppressor Smad4 in colorectal and pancreatic carcinogenesis occurs coincident with the transition to invasive growth. Breaking the basement membrane ( BM) barrier, a prerequisite for invasive growth, can be due to tumor induced proteolytic tissue remodeling or to reduced synthesis of BM molecules by incipient tumor cells. Laminin-332 (laminin-5), a heterotrimeric BM component composed of alpha 3-, beta 3- and gamma 2-chains, has recently been identified as a target structure of Smad4 and represents the first example for expression control of an essential BM component by a tumor and invasion suppressor. Biochemically Smad4 is a transmitter of signals of the TGF beta superfamily of cytokines. We have reported previously, that Smad4 functions as a positive transcriptional regulator of constitutive and of TGF beta-induced transcription of all three genes encoding Laminin-332, LAMA3, LAMB3 and LAMC2. Methods: Promoter-reporter constructs harboring 4 kb upstream regions, each of the three genes encoding Laminin-322 as well as deletion and mutations constructs were established. Promoter activities and TGF beta induction were assayed through transient transfections in Smad4-negative human cancer cells and their stable Smad4-positive derivatives. Functionally relevant binding sites were subsequently confirmed through chromatin immunoprecipitation. Results: Herein, we report that Smad4 mediates transcriptional regulation through three different mechanisms, namely through Smad4 binding to a functional SBE site exclusively in the LAMA3 promoter, Smad4 binding to AP1 (and Sp1) sites presumably via interaction with AP1 family components and lastly a Smad4 impact on transcription of AP1 factors. Whereas Smad4 is essential for positive regulation of all three genes, the molecular mechanisms are significantly divergent between the LAMA3 promoter as compared to the LAMB3 and LAMC2 promoters. Conclusion: We hypothesize that this divergence in modular regulation of the three promoters may lay the ground for uncoupled regulation of Laminin-332 in Smad4-deficient tumor cells in response to stromally expressed cytokines acting on budding tumor cells
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 18664273
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  • 5
    Keywords: EXPRESSION ; SURVIVAL ; carcinoma ; CELL ; Germany ; CLASSIFICATION ; DIAGNOSIS ; FOLLOW-UP ; RISK ; SITE ; SITES ; GENES ; PROTEIN ; TISSUE ; TUMORS ; PATIENT ; IMPACT ; IDENTIFICATION ; REGION ; RECURRENCE ; REGIONS ; SQUAMOUS-CELL CARCINOMA ; HEAD ; NECK ; pathology ; relapse ; PROTEOMICS ; PROTEOMIC ANALYSIS ; NECK-CANCER ; CELL CARCINOMA ; ONCOLOGY ; HNSCC ; PROFILES ; prospective ; SELDI-TOF-MS ; SQUAMOUS-CELL ; PROFILE ; field cancerization ; tumours ; HEAD-AND-NECK ; Follow up ; proteomic ; biomarker protein profiles ; CHROMOSOME-17 ; ORAL EPITHELIAL DYSPLASIA ; pharynx and oesophagus carcinoma
    Abstract: 'Field cancerization' in head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC) is poorly understood and it may extend from the pharynx into the oesophagus. Both local recurrences and second primary carcinomas/second field tumours may originate from field cancerization. Our prospective pilot study aimed at the identification of patients suffering from field cancerization on the basis of mucosal protein profiles. Five mucosal biopsies from the oropharynx, hypopharynx and from three regions of the oesophagus were taken from 24 patients. Protein profiles were generated from the mucosal biopsies. After classifier learning, using the profiles of the patients without tumour diagnosis (n = 9), we were able to discriminate between the different mucosal sites and between healthy mucosa and HNSCC using tumour and healthy tissue samples. Mucosal biopsies of tumour patients (n = 15) revealed changes in the protein profiles similar to those in the tumours. During 42 months median follow-up, six tumour patients experienced local recurrences and second field tumours, of which three occurred in the oesophagus. In all six cases, tumour relapse was correctly predicted by altered mucosal protein profiles (p = 0.007, Fisher's exact test, two-tailed). Consequently, molecular field cancerization had a strong impact on progression-free survival (p = 0.007, log-rank test). Protein profiles of small diagnostic biopsies hold great promise to improve personalized risk assessment in HNSCC. Larger studies are needed to further substantiate these findings. Copyright (C) 2010 Pathological Society of Great Britain and Ireland. Published by John Wiley & Sons, Ltd
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 20593486
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  • 6
    Keywords: CANCER ; CANCER CELLS ; CELLS ; EXPRESSION ; GROWTH ; IN-VITRO ; tumor ; carcinoma ; CELL ; Germany ; human ; IN-VIVO ; MODEL ; VITRO ; VIVO ; SYSTEM ; GENE ; GENE-EXPRESSION ; GENES ; cell line ; TRANSDUCTION ; RESPONSES ; IMPACT ; INDUCTION ; tumour ; DOWN-REGULATION ; SUPPRESSION ; SIGNAL ; cytokines ; TARGET ; gene expression ; resistance ; CARCINOMA CELLS ; colorectal cancer ; COLORECTAL-CANCER ; cervical cancer ; CERVICAL-CANCER ; CELL-LINE ; LINE ; SIGNALING PATHWAY ; CANCER-CELLS ; COLORECTAL CANCERS ; EXTRACELLULAR-MATRIX ; CARCINOMA-CELLS ; SUPERFAMILY ; CERVICAL-CARCINOMA ; cervical carcinoma ; GROWTH-FACTOR-BETA ; TARGETS ; C-MYC ; OVEREXPRESSION ; pancreatic carcinoma ; HIGH-LEVEL ; CELL-GROWTH ; CYTOKINE ; MATRIX ; ONCOLOGY ; TUMOR SUPPRESSION ; LIGHT ; extracellular matrix ; RESTORATION ; regulation ; TGF-BETA ; interaction ; LEVEL ; TARGET GENES ; methods ; pancreatic ; SUPPRESSOR ; EVENTS ; tumour suppressor ; function ; LOSSES ; CANCERS ; in vivo ; SIGNALS ; carcinogenic ; COLON-CARCINOMA CELLS ; ENGLAND ; PREDICT ; colorectal ; NOV ; evidence ; cell growth ; BETAIG-H3 GENE ; BRONCHIAL EPITHELIAL-CELLS ; Smad4 ; STABLE RNA INTERFERENCE ; SUPPRESSOR E-CADHERIN ; tumour suppression
    Abstract: Background: Smad4 is a tumour suppressor frequently inactivated in pancreatic and colorectal cancers. We have recently reported loss of Smad4 in every fourth carcinoma of the uterine cervix. Smad4 transmits signals from the TGF-beta superfamily of cytokines and functions as a versatile transcriptional co-modulator. The prevailing view suggests that the tumour suppressor function of Smad4 primarily resides in its capability to mediate TGF-beta growth inhibitory responses. However, accumulating evidence indicates, that the acquisition of TGF-beta resistance and loss of Smad4 may be independent events in the carcinogenic process. Through inducible reexpression of Smad4 in cervical cancer cells we wished to shed more light on this issue and to identify target genes implicated in Smad4 dependent tumor suppression. Methods: Smad4-deficient human C4-II cervical carcinoma cells were used to establish inducible Smad4 reexpression using the commercial Tet-on (TM) system (Clontech). The impact of Smad4 reexpression on cell growth was analysed in vitro and in vivo. Transcriptional responses were assessed through profiling on cDNA macroarrays (Clontech) and validated through Northern blotting. Results: Clones were obtained that express Smad4 at widely varying levels from approximately physiological to 50-fold overexpression. Smad4-mediated tumour suppression in vivo was apparent at physiological expression levels as well as in Smad4 overexpressing clones. Smad4 reexpression in a dose-dependent manner was associated with transcriptional induction of the extracellular matrix-associated genes, BigH3, fibronectin and PAI-I, in response to TGF-beta. Smad4-dependent regulation of these secreted Smad4 targets is not restricted to cervical carcinoma cells and was confirmed in pancreatic carcinoma cells reexpressing Smad4 after retroviral transduction and in a stable Smad4 knockdown model. On the other hand, the classical cell cycle-associated TGF-beta target genes, c-myc, p21 and p15, remained unaltered. Conclusion: Our results show that Smad4-mediated tumour suppression in cervical cancer cells is not due to restoration of TGF-beta growth inhibitory responses. Rather, tumour cell-ECM interactions may be more relevant for Smad4-mediated tumour suppression. C4-II cells with a high level inducible Smad4 expression may serve as a model to indicate further Smad4 targets responsive to diverse environmental stimuli operative in vivo
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 17997817
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    Keywords: CELLS ; EXPRESSION ; GROWTH ; INVASION ; tumor ; TUMOR-CELLS ; carcinoma ; CELL ; Germany ; human ; COMMON ; GENE ; GENE-EXPRESSION ; GENES ; TUMORS ; TRANSDUCTION ; MECHANISM ; CARCINOGENESIS ; colon ; mechanisms ; BIOLOGY ; MEMBER ; MEMBERS ; MOLECULAR-BIOLOGY ; MOLECULE ; cytokines ; TARGET ; STAGE ; PROGRESSION ; MALIGNANCIES ; ENCODES ; MEMBRANE ; METASTASIS ; genetics ; COLORECTAL-CANCER ; COMPONENT ; inactivation ; EXTRACELLULAR-MATRIX ; ONCOGENE ; SUPERFAMILY ; CARCINOMAS ; beta-catenin ; GROWTH-FACTOR-BETA ; TARGETS ; TUMOR CELLS ; heredity ; REGULATOR ; FACTOR-BETA ; GAMMA-2 CHAIN ; CYTOKINE ; molecular biology ; molecular ; MATRIX ; CHAIN ; MALIGNANCY ; ONCOLOGY ; pancreas ; TUMOR-SUPPRESSOR ; basement membrane ; BASEMENT-MEMBRANE ; extracellular matrix ; secretion ; LEADS ; TRANSITION ; TGF-BETA ; pancreatic ; TUMOR-CELL ; SUPPRESSOR ; function ; COLON-CARCINOMA CELLS ; ENGLAND ; RECONSTITUTION ; LAMININ-5 ; CASCADE ; OCCURS ; Smad4 ; STABLE RNA INTERFERENCE ; DPC4 ; tumor suppressor Smad4
    Abstract: The tumor suppressor Smad4 is involved in carcinogenesis mainly of the pancreas and colon. Functional inactivation of Smad4 is a genetically late event that occurs upon transition from premalignant stages to invasive and metastatic growth. Smad4 encodes an intracellular messenger common to all signalling cascades induced by members of the transforming growth factor-beta (TGF-beta) superfamily of cytokines. Despite extensive knowledge about the mechanisms of TGF-beta/Smadsignal transduction, little is known about Smad4 targets involved in the transition to malignancy. The hallmark of invasive growth is a breakdown of the basement membrane ( BM), a specialized sheet of extracellular matrix produced through of epithelial and stromal cells. Laminin-5, a heterotrimeric epithelial-derived BM component, is commonly lost in carcinomas but not in premalignant tumors. Herein, we report that in human colon and pancreatic tumor cells, Smad4 functions as a positive transcriptional regulator of all three genes encoding laminin-5. Coordinate re-expression of the three laminin-5 chains induced by reconstitution of Smad4 leads to secretion and deposition of the heterotrimeric molecule in BM-like structures. These data de. ne the expression control of an essential BM component as a novel function for the tumor suppressor Smad4
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 16953227
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